BOARD MEMBERS

Australian World Orchestra Limited is a Not For Profit company.
The Australian World Orchestra is an initiative of Australian World Orchestra Limited whose Board of Directors is as follows:

FRANK CELATA

Francesco (Frank) Celata is the Associate Principal Clarinetist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

 

Frank graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1987. He then studied in Amsterdam and in 1991 he returned to Australia, where he was appointed Principal Clarinet with the then Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

He joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1993 as Associate Principal Clarinet. He has also appeared as soloist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia, and with the London Symphony Orchestra as guest Principal Clarinet.

 

Frank is a founding member of one of Sydney’s leading chamber ensembles, the Sydney Soloists, and is a member of the New Sydney Wind Quintet. He is also a dedicated teacher, and since 1994 has taught clarinet at the Sydney Conservatorium, where he is a Lecturer in Clarinet. He has given masterclasses at the Shanghai Conservatorium and Trinity College in London, and is the Artistic Director of the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI). In 2013 he joined the staff of the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart as Lecturer in Orchestral and Chamber Music

 

JASON GELLERT BCom, LLB

Jason works in funds management where he helped establish BetaShares, a leading manager of exchange traded funds on the ASX. He was previously in investment banking with MorganStanley in their Sydney and New York offices.

 

He served on the White City Development Committee between 2010 and 2015.

 

Jason is also a practising musician, and regularly performs at various jazz festivals around Australia.

 

MEREDITH HELLICAR  FAICD, MCAP, B.A., LLM (Hons), L.Mus.A

Meredith is Managing Director of Merryck & Co. ANZ, the leading global mentoring firm, which specialises in mentoring business leaders. She has had a diverse executive and board career, encompassing financial and other professional services, manufacturing, energy and mineral resources, logistics, leisure, airport, telecommunications and environment sectors.

 

Meredith volunteers as a telephone crisis counsellor with Lifeline and is Patron of mindDog, which helps people procure, train and accredit psychiatric assistance dogs.  She chairs the Business Engagement Committee of Chief Executive Women, the Education Committee of the 30% Club and the Mosman Zone Red Shield Appeal Committee for the Salvation Army.She was awarded a Centenary Medal for her Contribution to Australian Society in Business Leadership, was an Australian Eisenhower Fellow to USA to study change management in corporations and was a member of the Australian delegation to negotiate the United Nations Convention on Climate Change.

 

FELICITY ROURKE BA LLB (Hons)

Felicity, a lawyer, is a Partner at the  Sydney Head of Office of law firm Allens.

 

She joined Allens in December 2017 from Norton Rose Fillbright where she sat on the firm’s governance board overseeing the implementation of a global practice management system in 2017 and on the firm’s Partner Remuneration and Promotions committees.  Her legal practice specialises in planning and environmental law, acting for Australia’s leading institutional and private investors and developers across all real estate sectors.  Felicity is acknowledged as a pre-eminent practitioner in a number of leading legal directories.

 

Felicity is also a director of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance, an industry-led association working collaboratively to promote sustainable practices across the legal sector.

 

A keen musician, since 2015 Felicity has been a member of the Sydney Lawyers Orchestra.

 

GABRIELLE THOMPSON FFIN, MAIEX
Chief Executive Officer

Gabrielle was a founding director of the Australian World Orchestra and has served as CEO since joining the board in 2009 upon the formation of the orchestra.

 

Since the early 2000’s Gabrielle was also involved in the Australian film industry with production credits on a number of short and feature films.

 

Prior to entering into the arts, Gabrielle enjoyed a 25 year career in international banking with ANZ, Credit Lyonnais and Citigroup.

NEIL THOMPSON BEC, SA, FIN, MAICD

Neil was a founding director of the Australian World Orchestra and served as it’s Chairman from 2011- 2015.

In 2013-2016, Neil served in an executive capacity as Finance Director. Prior to 2013 and since 2016 he served as Finance Director in an honorary capacity.

Prior to his executive role with AWO, Neil had a 30 year career serving as a director and in senior corporate and finance roles with a number of public and private companies.  Since leaving the orchestra Neil has become CFO of Ascender Group.

Neil also a director of International Children’s Aid, a not for profit charity serving under-privileged children in Sri Lanka from till 2008 – 2018.

 

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